Saint Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. St. Patrick’s Day is arguably one of the most dangerous holidays to be on the road. In spite of increased law enforcement presence, there are drunk drivers everywhere. Celebrations are notorious for the green beer and other alcoholic beverages. Thankfully, law enforcement agencies across California will be stepping up their efforts to keep the roadways safe too.

Saint Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Facts

• Over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, from 2009 to 2013, 276 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the nation.
• On St. Patrick’s Day alone in 2013, 31 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
• In 2013, two out of five crash fatalities over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers.
• During the post-party hours between midnight at 5:59 a.m. on March 18, 2013, 55 percent of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

Celebrating Responsibly

If you plan on celebrating with green beer or any other form of alcohol this Saint Patrick’s Day, don’t get behind the wheel. Buzzed driving is drunk driving too, so make sure you have a plan. Designating a driver ahead of time is a great way to make sure you have a safe ride home. Make sure you have a backup plan too, just in case your ride falls through. Your backup plan can even be as simple as putting a cab company’s number in your phone. Law enforcement officers are going to be out in full force too, so don’t risk your live, the lives or others or a potential DUI arrest.

After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

An auto accident involving a drunk driver can leave you in the hospital and out of work. You could be facing a lengthy recovery period and it could be months or longer until you get back to work, if you still have your job. On top of everything, insurance companies can be difficult to deal with, at best.

The whole team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

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